Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has followed through on his threat to withhold the salaries of rogue school boards that seek to force students to wear masks in classrooms despite an executive order that parents, and not petty bureaucrats, have the freedom to make health decisions for their children.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Education moved to punish school boards in Broward and Alachua counties by withholding funds equal to the monthly salaries of school board members, a sign that the Sunshine State Republican isn’t going to be pushed around by President Joe Biden and far-left teachers’ unions.
According to Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, “We’re going to fight to protect parents’ rights to make health care decisions for their children.”
“What’s unacceptable is the politicians who have raised their right hands and pledged, under oath, to uphold the Constitution but are not doing so,” he said in a statement.
The average salary per month for a school board member in Broward County, a Democrat stronghold, is $3,897 as reported by Politico.
JUST IN: Florida Department of Education withholds salaries of school board members defying DeSantis' parental rights order on mask mandates. pic.twitter.com/IW9fm7j4e8
— Chris Pandolfo (@ChrisCPandolfo) August 30, 2021
The state’s action comes after a judge ruled against activist parents and said that DeSantis’ ban on forced masking was unconstitutional and “without legal authority.”
Leon County Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper invoked drunken driving as the basis for his decision.
“It’s our right to drink alcoholic beverages if we’re over 21, but we cannot get in our car and start driving around while we’ve had alcoholic beverages that impair our ability to drive,” he said. “And the reason is, the driver exercising his or her right to drink is now putting at risk other people.”
The rights of those who do not wish to be coerced into wearing the stifling face diapers which are especially cruel to children matter little to those who have been empowered to impose their authoritarian measures upon others under the pretense of fighting COVID-19.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat who hopes to topple DeSantis in next year’s gubernatorial election, gloated after the ruling.
Ron DeSantis isn’t just beatable in court.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) August 27, 2021
DeSantis vowed to appeal the ruling, “It’ll be appealed. We’ll end up getting it back,” he said during a news conference in Jacksonville on Monday. “I think we’re gonna have really good grounds to appeal.”
Taryn Fenske, the governor’s communications director blasted Judge Cooper’s ruling in a statement: “This ruling was made with incoherent justifications, not based in science and facts – frankly not even remotely focused on the merits of the case presented.”
Florida has become the primary battleground for the future of freedom in America with DeSantis being mauled by a sustained media propaganda campaign over the last month that has churned out stories based on manipulated case numbers which they contend show that Florida is the epicenter of the Delta variant outbreak and that kids be masked in classrooms to prevent the spread.
The White House has seized on the opportunity to inflict political damage on DeSantis, a strong contender for the White House in 2024 if former President Donald J. Trump chooses not to run again, and Biden himself went on the attack against his potential challenger, suggesting that he could intervene federally to impose mask mandates, a major distraction for the commander in chief who was oblivious that Afghanistan was about to fall to the Taliban.
Biden says he's "very concerned" about children catching COVID and it's "disingenuous" that governors accusing him of government overreach are threatening school officials who enforce protocols. He says he's "checking" if he has power to intervene in states like Texas and Florida pic.twitter.com/vqQFRA7kD4
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 10, 2021
The Biden administration has also signaled that it would intervene to backstop school boards that have been penalized by using federal funds.
“We are eager to partner with FLDOE on any efforts to further our shared goals of protecting the health and safety of students and educators,” Secretary Of Education Miguel Cardona wrote in a letter to DeSantis and Corcoran, “If FLDOE does not wish to pursue such an approach, the Department will continue to work directly with the school districts and educators that serve Florida’s students.”
The state’s action against Broward and Alachua counties sends a message to other school districts that are in violation of parental rights and the war will soon be joined by Washington which, on Monday, opened civil rights investigations into five Republican-controlled states over school mask mandates, though Florida was not included.
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